Computer systems at the West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust were infected by the worm last Friday, leaving hospital staff unable to book appointments via computer. The outbreak has been contained but some hospital IT systems remain unavailable, resulting in ongoing delays to patients and affecting the smooth running of the medical facility.The really scary thing is, today's medical personnel (newer doctors, nurses, residents, medical students, secretaries, lab technicians - the whole works) have no clue how to work a paper-based medical record any longer. Worse, there's no regular contingency plan in place should an EMR crash for over an hour.
A hospital spokeswoman told El Reg that the malware infection, identified as the Conficker-A, struck on Friday afternoon. "Most of the computers had to be cleaned, so we've had to rely on a pen and paper system to book appointments. Technicians worked over the weekend to clean up systems. Priority systems are running but the clean-up is likely to last until the end of the week."
But no worries, it'll never happen.